REVIEW & PREVIEW: What happens if and when you try to get rid of sin on your own? Jesus gives the answer in Luke 11:24-26. Paul provides the answer to defeating our sin nature at the end of this chapter and it will be similar to 6:14 The law demanded obedience, but grace supplies the will and the power to obey; grace breaks the mastery of sin as law could not.
Marriage and the Law In these six verses we learn how Paul found a righteousness not of his own making, based upon the law, but righteousness through faith in Christ, the righteousness that depends on faith Philippians 3:9. In Paul’s personal experience freedom from sin and freedom from the law when closely together. In these verses he speaks of Jewish law or Roman law as they would be very similar when it came to marriage.
7:1-3 In these three verses he speaks of Jewish law or Roman law as they would be very similar about marriage.
7:4 It is important that we know Jesus was raised from the dead as He will not die again thus our marriage to Him cannot be changed by death as the old one was. The fruit that we provide in this new marriage is from our new life in Jesus as noted in Ephesians 2:10.
7:5 Paul will provide much more detail on how the can arouse sinful passions in verse 7-13.
7:6 In the newness of the spirit … we will be dead to the written code and alive to the spirit and our new life in the newness of the spirit as in (looking ahead) 8:9.
Coveting and the Origin of Conscience Notice the use of past tense in verses 7-13 as Paul speaks of his past life and ours. Paul saw his journey as the common human journey dealing with the law and conscience. From his point of view the law beginning with the 10th commandment caused the origin of conscience because it dealt with an inner attitude rather than an action or word. You shall not covet proved to be his and our stumbling block (Exodus 20:17) whereby coveting in and of itself is a sin akin to idolatry. It may be an illicit desire or it may even be lawful in and of itself, but of such intensity it takes the place which God alone should occupy in our souls.
7:7-8 Or produced in me all kinds of wrong desires where covetousness is a breach of the law and a perversion of love which is the fulfilling of the law as in (looking ahead) 13:10.
7:9-10 This is a reference to Leviticus 18:5 also quoted in 10:5 and it is worth looking at both as they vary, but reading from 10:5 through 10:9 we discover what we have to do.
7:11-13 The law showed me what was right and what was wrong, but did not supply the power to do what was right and avoid what was wrong. So against my better judgment I did what was wrong resulting in my condemnation and death.
Paul’s and Our Conflict So now we come to the great internal conflict which we cannot win on our own in the next 10 verses. Just as Paul had to deal with it, so do we have to deal with it. Paul describes the agony of living under the law without the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, from the perspective of one who has experienced the liberating power of life in the Spirit – the new life! The indwelling sin we all have is a tyrant whose dictates he hates and loathes, but against whose power he struggles in vain by his own strength.
7:14-23 So the problem boils down to my delight in the law, but my inability to win the war against sin. I want to do what is right, but find myself doing what I know is wrong.
7:24 Paul and we cry out in agony how wretched he is, we are. We need to be rescued from our sins which are leading us directly to sin. Who will rescue us??!!
7:25 There is only one who will rescue – it is Jesus the Christ. Why does it take time to complete the rescue to rid the body of sin? Because we knew very little of the mountain of corruption that was dwelling within. However, we know Jesus and the Holy Spirit didn’t and don’t let that stop them for He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus Philippians 1:6.
Same Question as last week Are we pretending or are we serious are we putting the words of God into practice? Ezekiel 33:30-32